Adam Peaty stormed to 100m breaststroke gold and a new world record to become Team GB’s first medallist of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The world champion touched in with a time of 57.13, his second world record of the weekend, to become the first British man to win an Olympic swimming gold since Adrian Moorhouse at Seoul 1988.
Making his Olympic debut in Rio, Peaty had been untouchable in the heats and semi-finals, setting his first world record of 57.55 in the former.
The 21-year old continued his dominance into the final, coming home more than a second and a half clear of the field with Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) winning silver and Cody Miller (USA) taking bronze.
Team GB medal tally: Gold 1, Silver 1, Bronze 0
Peaty said: “I can’t even put into words what that swim means to me. I was aware I was in front but not by that much. I touched the wall and looked to my left and thought ‘where is everybody?’.
“I thought the best possible race I could do would be get to 57.3 so to get 57.1 is something else. It’s absolutely incredible.
“The idea of making the team but not pushing the team forward was not really an option for me. Me and my coach [Mel Marshall] push forward every day.
“I’m not going to settle for just this. I’m going to push forward – I’m sure every gold medallist says this but me and Mel [Marshall] operate differently and we are always pursuing excellence and self-improvement. If we’re not doing that I don’t really see the point. It’ll be good to get back to Loughborough to get back to it and look for areas to improve.
“But for now I’m going to enjoy it and get the relay done and deliver another good performance for Team GB.
“It just proves you don’t have to have the best facilities around you. People think this is what it takes to become an Olympic gold medallist but what you really need to do is put 100% effort in. My parents have been there from the start and always push me forward.
“I look at those flags and seeing those colours means so much to me. We’ve done so much in this country and to represent the people at home is an absolute honour for me.
“That proves tonight that kids watching at home are in the same position I was four years ago watching others take the glory and win races. London was so much for me and really inspired me.”